Generally speaking, it is okay to drink alcohol while breastfeeding. Depending on your body weight, it takes between two and three hours for alcohol to be excreted from the body. If you want to drink alcohol during the breastfeeding session, you need to wait at least two hours before you feed your baby. However, if you are breastfeeding your newborn and you want to avoid alcohol or caffeine, you need to pump your breast milk before you drink.
Some research has shown that breastfeeding after alcohol can disrupt your baby’s sleep, resulting in decreased milk production. The alcohol content in breast milk is about 30 times lower than the alcohol level in the mother’s blood. Alcohol can affect your baby’s sleep patterns and affect its development. Hence, limiting alcohol consumption during breastfeeding is recommended. However, you must be aware that the amount of alcohol in breast milk will depend on the amount you consume.
It has been shown that one standard drink per day is harmless for your baby. However, it is recommended that you limit your intake of alcohol during breastfeeding to no more than two or three drinks a day. Even if you do drink alcohol, it is recommended that you plan to drink low-alcohol milk. Alcohol concentration in breast milk is zero percent, which is the optimal amount for nursing babies. Therefore, if you are planning to drink alcohol, you should refrain from drinking alcohol until the baby reaches three months of age.